THREE FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
The Oilers select a former number one in the OHL Import Draft, and a pair of defencemen to close out their 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
- 6TH ROUND, PICK 180: MATVEI PETROV: A 6’2 winger, Petrov was the number one selection in the OHL Import Draft back in 2020. ‘Petrov never made it to North Bay due to the pandemic, and instead played another year in Russia Junior where he finished second on his club in scoring. A goal scorer, Petrov was ranked 35th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, he’s a pretty good value for the 180th overall selection in this year’s entry draft.
- 6TH ROUND, PICK 186: SHANE LACHANCE: The Oilers took a 2000-born defenceman just six picks after Petrov. LaChance spent this past season in the Eastern Hockey League with the Boston Jr. Rangers, where he was the highest scoring defenceman (6-17-23 in 22 games) on the club. LaChance spent his 2019-20 playing Division 3 hockey at Wesleyan University, he is the son of former Islanders defenceman Scott LaChance.
- 7TH ROUND, PICK 212: MAX WANNER: Oilers go back to the W for the second time in this draft with defenceman Maximus Wanner. Ranked 223 overall by Central Scouting for North America, the 6’3” Wanner will enter his final season with Moose Jaw hoping to turn heads in Edmonton.
The Oilers finish their draft with a couple of players from the WHL, one from the QMJHL, one from the DNL, one from the EHL, and one from the MHL.
The 2021 NHL Entry draft is one we won’t forget for some time. I am hopeful there are a few full time NHLers among this group.
Look for our full recap to come tomorrow.